At Niramish, turmeric bursts in sunset hues in curries. Mango and pineapple cut the spice in cool chutneys, and the aromas of ginger and garlic tangle in the air. Those scents drift from clay-oven tandoori dishes, curries, and fried rice. The dishes range from mild to hot and spicy, with mango lassis and buttered naan bread soothing palates still a-tingle from plates of tofu vindaloo cooked south-Indian style.
The skilled foodsmiths at Bhojan Market, nestled beside its sister Indian restaurant Bhojanic, forge prepared meals, freshly roasted spices, and house-made pickles that package up the essences of Indian cuisine for at-home enjoyment. The market’s expansive menu whisks palates away to the forests of the Indian subcontinent, where sweet mango chutney ($3.99/small; $6.99/large) seeps from trees and boneless jewels of chicken tikka masala ($4.99–$8.99) await discovery in pools of tomato cream sauce. Piquant sauces pour like heavy rains over wheat chapatis ($4.99 for six) and paratha flatbreads stuffed with ginger and potato ($6.99 for five), the spices of which wash down to bellies in steaming streams of tea. Elephants trumpeting their hunger from inside tummies can quietly chomp on vegetarian dishes such as punjabi kardi-onion dumplings swimming in a yogurt-based curry sauce ($3.99–$6.99). Intricately woven tapestries and exotic plants join with the sharp aromas of freshly roasted spices to draw visitors in to Bhojan Market. Though not included in this Groupon, the market also regularly hosts cooking classes and leads expeditions to retrieve tongue-soothing coconut milk from the summits of Mount Everest.
Udipi Cafe's traditional Indian ingredients and recipes form the basis of its expansive menu of flavorful vegetarian delights. Serenade taste sensors with appetizers such as a delectable potato-cauliflower duet of aloo gobi ($8.50) or the broad tasting board of the assorted sampler platter ($7.95). Dry and spicy chickpeas swim in a pond of piquant curry sauce in the chana masala curry ($8.50), which pairs pleasantly with a side of paratha bread ($1.95). Indo-Chinese specialties transport diners to the northern climes of the subcontinent with flavor combinations such as vegetable hakka noodles ($7.95), and dinner specials fill traditional platters with offerings such as the royal madras special thali and royal south indian thali ($13.50 each).
At first, Tin Drum Asia Café's rapid service and bright decor evoke the aromatic street stands of Hong Kong, where founder Steven Chan ate throughout his childhood. The traditional ambiance is no accident—the franchise's name also harks back to a bygone era, when a tin drummer would awaken citizens and regale them with current events as they ate the day’s first meal. The electronic kiosks dotting the café, however, plunk this traditional scene in the middle of a cyberpunk setting. They allow patrons to customize their orders based on taste preferences and nutritional content, accommodating dietary endeavors such as vegetarianism and weight-loss goals.
This merger of technology and urban convention reflects a penchant for edgy ideas that also affects the menu. Items inspired by the culinary techniques of Japan, China, Vietnam, and Thailand share space in the savory catalog, taking the form of street tacos, soups, and mango chicken, a take on the general tso's staple that's sweeter than a syrup-soaked army helmet. Music is the final ingredient that charges the atmosphere. Nation's Restaurant News reports that it typically plays at an energizing 120 beats per minute and was a factor in attracting the café's initial college crowds.
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